The Nigerian Army operating in 81 Division, Lagos State prevented a suicide attempt today Monday, November 6, by a middle-aged woman who plunged into the lagoon around Officers’ Mess, Marina, in an attempt to take her own life.
The Acting Deputy Director, of Army Public Relations 81 Division Nigerian Army, Lieutenant Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.
He stated that troops of 65 Battalion NA deployed at the Officers’ Mess, sighted the woman, and quickly used their military ingenuity to rescue her. Adding that upon her rescue, she was given first aid treatment.
“She was given first aid and stabilized by the battalion medical team. After stabilization, the family was contacted, and she was handed over to her husband, one Mr Spark Oghene Ovie, residing at Awoyaya Lagos,” the statement said.
It added that the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Muhammed Takuti Usman, commended the soldiers for being observant and for their courage.
He said he was pleased that soldiers brought their training in disaster management to bear in such a critical situation that could have claimed the life of a fellow citizen.
Usman further added that such an operation is a military operation other than war conducted during emergencies or natural disasters, affirming that troops have been trained to support leading agencies during emergencies.
However, he assured residents of the Army’s commitment to protect them and their properties even during emergencies.